About Our Department
Denton ISD Fine Arts programs have plentiful community resources and celebrate the vibrant music and art scene that Denton and its surrounding areas are known for across the state. Teachers engage in on-going professional growth that translates to excellent teaching for our students in a wide range of fine arts instruction including: general music, visual art, band, choir, dance, orchestra, & theatre arts.
Denton ISD ensures that fine arts plays a vital role in developing students who are prepared for the future. Immersion in the arts is an important element to a well-rounded academic experience. The school district and its communities believe in the importance of educating the "whole child" through comprehensive, high-quality fine arts programs. 100% of Denton ISD's elementary students receive weekly instruction in art and music with approximately 87% of the secondary student population receiving training in one or more fine arts disciplines. The district's student participation in arts instruction (K-12) averages 94%. Fine arts programs in Denton ISD are fortunate to enjoy broad support from the local communities, school district, Denton arts groups, and the local universities.
Full-time art and music specialists serve students at every elementary campus to develop artistic and music literacy. Introduction to strings (violin, viola, & cello) starts as an elective in fifth grade and is taught by the district's middle school and high school orchestra directors.
Middle School Experience
Middle schools offer students an opportunity to participate in band, choir, orchestra, theatre, and visual art. Our band, orchestra, choir, and theatre programs engage in University Interscholastic League experiences to help students meet and exceed state standards. Jazz band and full orchestra is offered as an opportunity for advanced students and Mariachi is being piloted at McMath and Strickland middle schools for advanced orchestra and band students. Our teachers engage in a curriculum that readies students for high school arts experiences.
High School Experience
At the high school level, learning continues in band, choir, orchestra, theatre, and visual arts, while dance becomes an additional option. Students can further enhance their learning through jazz band, show choir, and full orchestra. Advanced Placement (AP) classes are offered in art and music theory. A pilot Mariachi program exists at Denton High School. Programs participate in the UIL and Visual Art Scholastic Event (VASE) as well as in district, area, region, and state levels of competition sponsored by associations of the various disciplines.
University Involvement in our Programs
Denton ISD Fine Arts’ visual arts program have formally partnered with the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts & Design to develop a college-ready secondary curriculum based in Design Thinking, promoting creativity, critical thinking, innovation, and problem solving. Denton ISD students have attended special age-appropriate fine arts programs offered by the University of North Texas and Texas Woman's University. Many students also experience events at various art museums throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, and at Bass Concert Hall in Fort Worth. In addition, students have an opportunity to travel to invitational contests and festivals held throughout the state and nation, as well as to participate in cultural exchange programs and performances on an international level.
Denton ISD has been recognized by many regional, state, and national organizations for its artistic achievements. Among the most prestigious is the district being named one of the "Best Communities for Music Education in America" by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation for the 12th consecutive year in 2019.